The Poems and Psalms of the Hebrew Bible

Paperback | June 1, 1994

byS. E. Gillingham

not yet rated|write a review
Because of the command not to make `graven images' the creativity of the ancient Jews was always somewhat constrained: instead of the visual arts, poetry and story became the two most important forms which depicted the relationship between God and his people. This book concentrates on the poetry of the Hebrew Bible. After considering the essential elements of Hebrew verse, it looks as the most familiar poems - the Psalms, the Song of Solomon, and the poetry in Job and Proverbs - as well as at less familiar examples of poems which by contrast areembedded in narrative, such as war poetry, harvest hymns, elegies, prayers of protest, and thanksgiving songs. Much of this poetry suggests an earlier setting in the life of the people - from a more popular family or clan setting as well as the official royal court, and from local outlyingsanctuaries as well as at the Temple in Jerusalem. Hence although these biblical poems should be understood primarily as ancient literary texts, many also have a setting in life beyond the text, offering a broader framework of reference on account of their pre-literary history. This is a study for those who already have some grounding in the contents of the Hebrew Bible, but it is also designed to be read by non-specialists, and no knowledge of Hebrew is presumed. A select bibliography following each chapter offers suggestions for further study. This study completes theOxford Bible Series.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$84.00

Ships within 1-3 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

Because of the command not to make `graven images' the creativity of the ancient Jews was always somewhat constrained: instead of the visual arts, poetry and story became the two most important forms which depicted the relationship between God and his people. This book concentrates on the poetry of the Hebrew Bible. After considering ...

S. E. Gillingham is at University of Oxford.

other books by S. E. Gillingham

Advances in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery 2: Proceedings of the 2nd Meeting of the…
Advances in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery 2:...

Kobo ebook|Dec 6 2012

$86.79 online$112.62list price(save 22%)
Advances in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery 4: Proceedings of the 4th Meeting of the…
Advances in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery 4:...

Kobo ebook|Dec 6 2012

$86.79 online$112.62list price(save 22%)
Stereotactic Treatment of Epilepsy: Symposium under the Sponsorship of the European Society for…
Stereotactic Treatment of Epilepsy: Symposium under the...

Kobo ebook|Dec 6 2012

$86.79 online$112.62list price(save 22%)
see all books by S. E. Gillingham
Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.94 inPublished:June 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0192132431

ISBN - 13:9780192132437

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of The Poems and Psalms of the Hebrew Bible

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

`This is a useful addition to the Oxford Bible Series of serious introductory text books on various aspects of biblical study...will serve as a very useful introduction to the poetry of the Bible and especially the Psalms.'Anvil